Calendar of Events

Each month, we present a program of interest to our members and their guests. This page contains a list of upcoming programs including the speaker, topic, and sponsor(s). For more information about any program or to suggest a topic that might be of interest to our members, please contact our Speakers Committee via email at . Each attendee must RSVP online at least one week prior to the next scheduled meeting.

Sponsorship Information: One or two sponsors provide lunch for approximately 80-100 attendees and are allowed 10 minutes to talk about their agency / business (5 minutes each if there are two sponsors). If you are interested in being a lunch sponsor, please contact our Sponsors Committee via email at . If you have signed up to be a sponsor, please click here to pay for your sponsorship online.

Speaker Information: One or more speakers present "generic" information about a topic for approximately 45 minutes. Speakers do not promote their own services or products.

NOTE: Luncheon meetings are open to members only. If you would like to attend as a guest please call any board member or e-mail .

Are you curious about past meeting topics and speakers? Click here to visit our event archive.


Guest fees for this meeting will be only $15 per person, so plan to invite some of your friends and colleagues.

January 19, 2017


Shannon Cupka

Shannon Cupka is the Interim State Long Term Care Ombudsman. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and more than 18 years’ experience with geriatric and behavioral health populations as a direct care provider, clinician, and consultant. Shannon joined the Aging and Long-Term Services Department in 2007, as the Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. As an Ombudsman, Shannon trains community members, residents and family members and facility personnel in the Ombudsman role and scope of authority, effective advocacy, and rights of long-term care residents.


Aging Gracefully: Are We Ready?

What does it mean to age well, in a time where the population is rapidly expanding, and long-term care services and resources are not? Recent data shows 70% of people 65 and older will require long term care at some point in their lives. New Mexico’s Long-Term Care Ombudsmen guide participants through resources for making care decisions, factors to consider when selecting care options, and how to effective advocate for oneself or loved ones to promote better outcomes. Factors such as choice and independence, safety versus risk, privacy and rights, and resources for long-term care will be addressed. Learn how elders and individuals with disabilities can maintain their voice, for the care options that they prefer.


  • Understand differences in care options, and how to best advocate for self or loved ones
  • Identify available resources for LTC decision-making and planning
  • Identify the entities involved in protecting long term care residents and how they can help to resolve care concerns
  • Discuss the balance of preserving personal freedom with assuring individual safety


Genesis HealthCare & Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque